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Evaluate risks and costs before surgery

6:35 PM, May 13, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Garvin-Cress
Dr. Jennifer Garvin-Cress
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Q: I am a 48-year-old woman with a fibroid uterus and heavy bleeding. My doctor has recommended a hysterectomy. How do I know this is the right treatment for me and what type of hysterectomy is best?

A: Fibroids are muscle tumors in the wall of the uterus. They occur in 30 percent of women ages 40 to 60 and are almost always benign. If a woman is asymptomatic, she may not require treatment but can be monitored. If she experiences bleeding or pain, she may need therapy. In some cases, a hysterectomy - or removing the uterus - is the best way to deal with symptomatic fibroids. There are a number of ways to ...

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